14/11/19

Electrical Safety Requirements for Private Landlords

New legislation has been introduced to impose further restrictions on private landlords of residential premises. Do you know the electrical safety requirements for landlords?

Electrical Safety Standards for Privately Rented Properties

New legislation has been introduced to impose further restrictions on private landlords of residential premises.

Scenario

You own a buy to let property as a way to prepare for your retirement.  You think of yourself as a good landlord and you adhere to current obligations but now the government may look to increase the burden on you which may cause you to rethink your planning.

What should you do?

1.       Ignore the new obligations and hope for the best?

2.       Sell your buy to let to get out of the obligations?

First you should consider what the obligations are likely to be and how they will affect you:

The legislation allows the Secretary of State to make regulations which impose further duties on private landlords of residential premises, that ensure the electrical safety requirements for landlords standards are met during a tenancy. There are no obligations currently in place.

At the time of writing we do not know what the obligations will be however they are likely to relate to electrical supply installations or appliances/fixtures provided by you, the landlord. You could be required to arrange electrical safety checks and provide electrical safety certificates as well as being required to provide the certificates to the tenants (as is the case with gas safety certificates).

What are the consequences likely to be?

The local housing authority could have the power to arrange for someone to enter the premises to remedy any failure to comply and impose financial penalties on the landlord.

What should you actually do?

Until the Secretary of State makes any regulations which impose obligations on the landlord, you are not required to do any more than you are currently required to and which, as a good landlord, you are already currently doing.

We will keep you updated on any developments of the proposed regulations and any duties that may be imposed upon you in the future but in the meantime, keep doing what you do best.

If you would like to discuss your options and how we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact the Commercial Property Team who are happy to help.

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14/11/19

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Alice DarchSolicitor

Alice is a Solicitor in our Commercial Property Team

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